American Kennel Club

19 12, 2017

Tip from ‘The Dog Merchants’ Reader Leads to Story Exposing Breeder’s Conviction

By |December 19th, 2017|The Dog Merchants book|0 Comments

About two weeks ago, I received an email from a reader of The Dog Merchants book. The reader is involved in the breeding community and explained that there was something going on with a Miniature Schnauzer breeder named Joan Huber. Little information was online, but what I was able to find suggested that a major-award-winning [...]

21 11, 2016

Washington Post Op-Ed: How Our Political Vitriol is Hurting Our Dogs

By |November 21st, 2016|Recommended Reading/Viewing|0 Comments

The Washington Post just published my latest story about dogs, which I originally pitched with the title "Party Animals." It's about how our current level of political vitriol in the United States is keeping dogs in conditions that many of us agree are unacceptable. I hope you'll take the time to read it, whether you [...]

26 05, 2016

Two Incredible Nights in Morris County, New Jersey

By |May 26th, 2016|The Dog Merchants book, The Dog Merchants website|0 Comments

Since my new book The Dog Merchants was published earlier this month, I have been doing talks and book signings at libraries and bookstores all across my home state of New Jersey. Sometimes, only one or two people show up. Sometimes, it's a packed room. The past two weeks, at the public libraries in Chester and Randolph, New [...]

8 05, 2016

An Open Letter to Brandi Hunter and the American Kennel Club

By |May 8th, 2016|The Dog Merchants book|0 Comments

Illustration created by Sharon Montrose for my op-ed. Copyright to this work is owned by the Albany Times-Union. On May 2, I published this op-ed in the Albany-Times Union urging New York State lawmakers to consider outright evicting, or at least prohibiting the televising of, the AKC-sanctioned Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show from within [...]

6 05, 2016

HSUS ‘Horrible Hundred’: A Reminder Why The Dog Merchants Message is Key

By |May 6th, 2016|The Dog Merchants book|0 Comments

Earlier this week, the Humane Society of the United States issued the 2016 edition of its "Horrible Hundred" report. Inside are descriptions of 100 breeders that HSUS describes as "puppy mills," including some breeders who also have been listed in previous years' reports for similar ways of doing business, and who it appears have not changed their ways. [...]

1 05, 2016

Op-Ed: Why New York Lawmakers Should Evict the Westminster Dog Show

By |May 1st, 2016|Uncategorized|4 Comments

Illustration created by Sharon Montrose for my op-ed. Copyright Albany Times-Union. Today, the Albany Times-Union published my op-ed urging New York state lawmakers to evict the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which is one of the biggest marketing assets for commercial-scale puppy farms nationwide. I'm sure that my friends who are responsible breeders [...]

22 02, 2016

Most Popular Dog in America? Not the Labrador. It’s Actually the Good Old American Mutt

By |February 22nd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The American Kennel Club released its list today of the most-registered purebred dogs in America, and predictably, the mainstream media is once again getting the story wrong. Articles have already started popping up from serious news sources like the Miami Herald, whose headline reads---inaccurately---"Labrador Retrievers Still the Most Popular Dog in the U.S." AKC marketers have [...]